I was an out of state student as well.
well, what do you want to major in? If you plan to major in Bus, Eng, pre law/med, health sciences, you will have a hard time getting in. However, if you plan on doing Agri, English, Philo and "so forth" you wont have a problem.
In high school I was not super involved:
joined a bunch of clubs(never involved) and did volunteering here and there just to get my required hrs
played varsity sports 3 years
2.6 gpa 1360/1600 sat(older one)
Applied to 8 schools and go into them(including osu), but chose U of I Urbana Champ for their Engineering prog because that's what my parents wanted me to do. Failed out!
Went into Comm College, did well and applied to OSU and a bunch of other schools and OSU was the only one who gave me a second chance due to my crap grades at U of I.
Lets back up a bit. A recruiter had come to my college and i sat and heard everything she wanted to say. After she was done almost all the students just left, so I went up and told her my case and she took my name, number and email address. A week later a get a call from the dean of admissions(sadly, she is no longer there) and she was super nice. 5 days later I get my thick packet :)
All you have to do is stand out from the rest. Call/email admissions, talk to them. Talk to recruiters when they come to your high school or college.
Ohio State gave me a second chance. Got 3 degrees(Finance, Bio and Japanese), currently a 3rd year co pilot of SW Airlines. So, I am living my dream and I have OSU to thank for that. So, if you see a guy in uniform walking down the terminal with an OSU and a block O sticker on my bag, say hi.
All the best!
Sorry for the long response and being over dramatic, but I am a little too passionate about anything OSU related.
What can i say, I bleed scarlet and grey, all day errryday :) O-H..